Tuesday, 4 June 2013

NEWS: Avant Slot Delta Wing

Nissan Delta Wing Le Mans 2012

Avant Slot are presently working on a very exciting release, Nissan's entry at the 2012 Le Mans endurance, the Delta Wing!  Information is pretty thin on the ground but a picture paints a thousand words in my opinion.  All reports are that Avant will be releasing the Delta in 3 liveries, black (shown above) red and silver.

As you can see from the photos of the resin working prototype, Avant Slot are well into the development and testing stage.

This background from Wikipedia: 'The DeltaWing is a racing car designed by Ben Bowlby debuted at the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans. The entry will run under the Project 56 name, composed of Ben Bowlby's DeltaWing Racing Cars (design), Dan Gurney's All American Racers (constructor), Duncan Dayton's Highcroft Racing (racing team) and International Motor Sports Association owner Don Panoz (advisor). Nissan's NISMO division is also assisting in the development of the car.'

I would love to see footage of the model running on the track, particularly going through some corners to see how the front end travels.  I could be wrong but in all the on-track photos it looks like the front wheels are off the track a little?  Glide position is behind and close to the front wheels so it would make sense that the front wheels might need to be off the track to allow good handling, tripod anyone?

Chassis is a side-winder configuration with magnet position relatively forward which makes me think the chassis might handle well and hopefully be fun to drive.  I'd also really like to see it beside another slot to get some concept of perspective, it looks a fair size on the track in grey.

Regardless, I think we can all agree that this is an upcoming release that we will all be watching and checking out in the stores.  If Avant can make it run well I think they might be onto something good with this one.

You can find out more about this releases from the Avant Slot Website


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